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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39419

    ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - ZEN SEEDS

    Hi All,

    I would like to announce our next book selection for the Treeleaf "Beyond Words & Letters" Book Club ...

    ZEN SEEDS, REFLECTIONS OF A FEMALE PRIEST, a series of essays by Shundo Aoyama Roshi.

    http://www.amazon.com/Zen-Seeds-Reflect ... 4333014786

    Shundo Aoyama is well known in Japan as a writer and lecturer on Buddhism. She is the chief priest of the temple Muryo-ji and Abbess of one of the major (and one of the few) training monasteries for female Soto Zen priests (Aichi Senmon Nisodo), and a student of Kodo Sawaki Roshi and Uchiyama Roshi.

    The book is described this way ...

    A female Soto Zen priest writes in plain words about the seeds of enlightenment to be found in everyday life. In this fascinating collection of essays she explains in a clear, engaging style the nature of true happiness, beauty that springs naturally from a compassionate heart, and the joy we can find in life. Combining personal experiences and a knowledge of Buddhist sacred texts, the author makes Buddhist philosophy accessible to everyone. The result is a truly practical and illuminating guide.

    I thank Richard (Shokai) for reminding me of the book a few weeks ago. I am thinking that Aoyama Roshi's voice will be good to follow the "All Boy's Club" of the traditionally male-male Lineage we are now reading in Hixon & Cook, plus the essays in Zen Seeds are very much more modern and "down to earth" than the wild old myths and stories recounted by Master Keizan. I think many folks will appreciate Aoyama Roshi's common sense approach and lovely heart.

    So, GET A COPY EARLY!

    If you would like to see a little video about Aoyama Roshi's life and work at her monastery, here it is (soundtrack in French and Japanese) ...

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xg70tq ... 2-2_webcam

    Gassho, J
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Nenka
    Member
    • Aug 2010
    • 1238

    #2
    Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - ZEN SEEDS

    Thanks for the video link! My college French was actually useful.

    Look forward to reading this one.

    Gassho

    Jennifer

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    • Omoi Otoshi
      Member
      • Dec 2010
      • 801

      #3
      Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - ZEN SEEDS

      Ah, great!
      I knew nothing about her before you made this thread. I ordered the book and I'm very much looking forward to reading it!

      Gassho,
      Pontus
      In a spring outside time, flowers bloom on a withered tree;
      you ride a jade elephant backwards, chasing the winged dragon-deer;
      now as you hide far beyond innumerable peaks--
      the white moon, a cool breeze, the dawn of a fortunate day

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      • Risho
        Member
        • May 2010
        • 3179

        #4
        Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - ZEN SEEDS

        Awesome! I can't wait to get in on this one.
        Email: risho.treeleaf@gmail.com

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        • Kaishin
          Member
          • Dec 2010
          • 2322

          #5
          Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - ZEN SEEDS

          Interesting, when does this start? Sorry if I missed something, very tired...
          Thanks,
          Kaishin (開心, Open Heart)
          Please take this layman's words with a grain of salt.

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          • Dosho
            Member
            • Jun 2008
            • 5784

            #6
            Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - ZEN SEEDS

            Looking forward to it!

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            • Hoyu
              Member
              • Nov 2010
              • 2020

              #7
              Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - ZEN SEEDS

              Looking forward to a fresh start.

              Gassho,
              John
              Ho (Dharma)
              Yu (Hot Water)

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              • Rimon
                Member
                • May 2010
                • 309

                #8
                Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - ZEN SEEDS

                Grrreat! Count me in!

                Rimon
                Rimon Barcelona, Spain
                "Practice and the goal of practice are identical." [i:auj57aui]John Daido Loori[/i:auj57aui]

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                • Jundo
                  Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                  • Apr 2006
                  • 39419

                  #9
                  Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - ZEN SEEDS

                  Originally posted by Matto
                  Interesting, when does this start? Sorry if I missed something, very tired...
                  Oh, we still have 13 Generations of Ancestors to cover ... so 13 weeks. 8)

                  No rush.
                  ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                  • Ekai
                    Member
                    • Feb 2011
                    • 664

                    #10
                    Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - ZEN SEEDS

                    Count me in too! With 13 weeks before the reading starts, that gives me time to finish the books I am reading now.

                    Jodi

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                    • Hoyu
                      Member
                      • Nov 2010
                      • 2020

                      #11
                      Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - ZEN SEEDS

                      Thanks Jundo Sensei for the video link on Aoyama Roshi. It was a beautiful production! So much to enjoy even if you don't speak French(I don't)!

                      Gassho,
                      John
                      Ho (Dharma)
                      Yu (Hot Water)

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                      • Shokai
                        Treeleaf Priest
                        • Mar 2009
                        • 6391

                        #12
                        Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - ZEN SEEDS

                        Thank you Jundo;

                        I just love this book. It was one of the five I was presented with upon joining the zazen group at Shoukoji in Hiroshima. Among which were a translation of the Shobogenzo, a small instruction booklet entitled Shikantaza, Zen Seeds and two other. I read all five at least once. The Shobogenzo struck me as being a neat compendium of ancient writings ( I've since been able to get into it better :shock: ). Shikantaza is the only one I still have. I read it over and over until the pages were worn and I was able to remember how to act in the Zendo :roll: I even followed the pattern on it's back pages to make/sew myself a Zafu; something which lost itself in our move back to Canada. The other four books I gave away to friends who had expressed an interest. As a matter of fact I bought at least twenty copies of Zen Seeds and gave them as gifts. Zen Seeds was a very warm reading. It put words to some of the experiences I had during my early introduction to zazen. I have ordered another copy from Amazon and am very much looking forward to meeting up with this old friend again. And, more importantly, seeing it from all the perspectives of our fellow Sanga Members in the Book Club.
                        合掌,生開
                        gassho, Shokai

                        仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

                        "Open to life in a benevolent way"

                        https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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                        • TomB
                          Member
                          • Feb 2011
                          • 38

                          #13
                          Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - ZEN SEEDS

                          Just ordered my copy of Zen Seeds. This will be my first participation in the book club and I'm looking forward to it.

                          Gassho,
                          Tom

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                          • BrianW
                            Member
                            • Oct 2008
                            • 511

                            #14
                            Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - ZEN SEEDS

                            Thanks Jundo....I will pick this up.... I love the book club, but I know very behind in our present books. End of the semester and many other "events" going on. I plan to play catch up.

                            Gassho,
                            Jisen/BrianW

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                            • Jundo
                              Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                              • Apr 2006
                              • 39419

                              #15
                              Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - ZEN SEEDS

                              Originally posted by BrianW
                              Thanks Jundo....I will pick this up.... I love the book club, but I know very behind in our present books. End of the semester and many other "events" going on. I plan to play catch up.

                              Gassho,
                              Jisen/BrianW
                              No place to catch up ... jump in anywhere. Like life, like the universe that way.
                              ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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